Muslim Ummah all over the world is observing the holy month of Ramadan with zeal and zest. The much-awaited time of the year is about to enter its third and last Ashra, with Muslims trying to revitalize their Imaan and cleanse their soul by engaging in long hours of dedicated worship of Allah.

Ramadan is an embodiment of spiritual and physical worship to cleanse you of evil while experiencing the woes of the poor. It is a reminder for Muslims that if Allah has blessed them with abundance, they should be willing to share Allah’s blessings with their brothers and sisters. With the establishment of this fundamental pillar, Islam has asserted that no Muslim can go hungry if the Ummah is united.

Here is how you can be charitable during Ramadan this year in 5 different ways; little acts that may go a long way to earn you an eternal abode in Paradise.

Help the ones who cannot afford Suhur and Iftar

Be mindful of the people around you who work hard and don’t have the resources to observe Suhur and Iftar. These may be normal workers who are away from their families, working alone in the city to provide for their loved ones. These people may not have the time to make Suhur or Iftar. Please be sure to include them in your happiness, after all, additional flat bread or a plate of fruits will not hurt the household.

Help the ones preparing food for you at home

Please be mindful of the women in the house. It is not their duty to prepare food for Iftar and Suhur. Lend an extra hand; cut the fruits, knead the dough. Men are built to be more robust, make sure you prove that by doing more than your wives and daughters and get your fair share of sawab.

Do not mock the ones who cannot fast

Some people, like the manual labor, may not fast due to the arduous nature of their jobs. Builders and masons work in the scorching heat, which results in tremendous water loss. It’s difficult to fast under these circumstances. Go easy on them and do not condemn them for not fasting. It is a matter of belief. You can hand them over cold water bottles to beat the heat while they work during the day under the sun.

Remember your less privileged brothers on Eid

Save up every day for the Eid and give that money to the poor at the end of the month. They have equal rights to wear new clothes and enjoy the end of this Holy month. Make sure you include them in your happiness.

Instead of wasting food, share your meals with others

Finally, try to provide Iftar for as many people as you can. The excessive food that is mostly thrown away, if shared, might be a meal for somebody. Just by proper planning and management, you can earn a lot of sawab and right your wrongs.

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Salma Zahid